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    2017 Legal Update

    Date: February 8, 2017, 8:00am – 10:00am
    Fran Baze, VP Professional Development
    NIU Rockford - 8500 E State St. Rockford, IL 61108
    No Cost for Rockford Area SHRM Members/$50.00 for Non-Members
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    Jim Pirages, Hinshaw and Culbertson and Sam Castree Sr.,Staff Management, Inc. will address recent changes in Federal and State HR law.

    Below is an overview of the topics that will be addressed/materials that will be presented:

    • Anticipated changes under the new presidential administration
      • FLSA and overtime
      • EEO-1 Reporting
      • Joint employers (WHD interpretation, 2016-1)
      • Independent contractors (WHD interpretation 2015-1)
    • NLRA and NLRB
      • Composition of NLRB moving forward
      • Jointly-employed bargaining units
      • “quickie” elections
      • “persuader” rule and injunction
      • Joint employer
    • Recent EEOC Guidance
      • Retaliation (8/25/16)
      • National Origin Discrimination (11/21/16)
      • Harassment (draft 1/10/17)
    • OSHA Anti-Retaliation Provisions and Guidance
      • Reporting
      • Safety Incentive Programs
      • Drug Testing
    • Illinois Unemployment Law regarding Misconduct
      • Petrovic Supreme Court decision (to prevail, ERs must show evidence that EEs had notice of the rule and consequences of a violation, or the misconduct must be a crime/intentional tort)
    • State and Local Laws
      • Child Bereavement Leave Act
      • Illinois Sick Leave for care of certain family members
      •  “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act” – places domestic workers within the minimum wage law, 6-day workweek, and anti-discrimination law
      • “Freedom to Work Act” – prohibiting non-competition agreements for EEs earning $13 an hour or less
      • EE privacy regarding personal online accounts (820 ILCS 55/10)
      • VESSA – now applies to employers with only one employee

    This presentation has been approved for 2.0 Continuing Education Credit Hours for HRCI and SHRM.

    Registration begins at 7:30am

    Presentation is from 8:00am-10:00am
    Continental Breakfast provided 7:30am-8:00am

    To register, please contact us at

    About the speakers:
    Jim Pirages, Hinshaw & Culbertson
    Jim has more than 30 years experience representing manangement and employers in labor and employment matters. He handles proceeding with the NLRB and IL State Labor Relations Board, deals with EEOC and IDHR discrimination charges against employers, and advises clients in matters involving OSHA inspections and citations. He represents clients with wage and hour matters, acts on behalf of the employer in union relations, collective bargaining negotiations, advises on discipline and discharge matters, and benefit obligations. Mr. Pirages provides guidance with personnel guidelines, employee handbooks, and affirmative action programs.

    Sam Castree, Staff Management
    Sam is the Sr. VP and General Counsel for Staff Management, joining the organization in 1995. Sam oversees the firm's human resources management outsourcing services and a wide range of employment compliance activities. Prior to his role with Staff Management he has a private law practice, counseling management on a full range of employment law issues and policies.

    Jim and Sam are frequent speakers on labor and employment law topics for local and state organizations, including the annual employment law update for the Rockford Area SHRM chapter.